I called Jim McDermott's office yesterday to ask why he has not yet signed the Discharge Petition for H.R. 554 which would require bills be made available for 72 hours before any legislation could be voted upon.
This is the conversation:
Me: Hi. I was wondering why the Congressman has not signed the Discharge Petition for H.R. 554 yet?
Staffer: Uh, which one is that?
Me: The 72 hour bill, ensuring that there will be 72 hours -
Staffer: Oh yeah, oh yeah. 72 hours before a bill can be vote on. Is that the bill being put up by a Republican?
Me: (thinking, that's a strange question) Um, I don't know.
Staffer: (disdainfully) Yeah, yeah, I think it is. That's probably why he hasn't signed on. If it's a Republican bill then yeah, that's probably why.
Me: Excuse me, what about bipartisanship? Who cares if it's a Republican bill? (I forgot to mention that Democrat Brian Baird is a cosponsor) I'm shocked that a Democrat would not want full transparency in government! (playing on the idea that Dems are somehow all about transparency...)
Staffer: Uh, uh, I don't actually know much about it, so let me pass you on to Darcy. She's on the other line right now, but uh, you can leave her a message.
Update: Darcy has yet to return my phone call. 10-24-09